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The Social Deck (DVD and Gimmick) Review

Official Review

September 11th, 2014 3:51am
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
My good friend George Parker says that playing cards are the ultimate Survival Version® for all sorts of conceptual ideas. I couldn’t agree more. But sometimes magicians go overboard in trying to force-fit meaning symbolism on playing cards. There’s a fine line between clever and contrived.

Soma has done us all a favor by creating this deck that naturally makes sense in a world filled with social networking. We’ve all seen people sitting at a table together, not talking, but messaging people on their phones. For many, this is the primary way in which they communicate.

I knew these cards were going into my repertoire the minute I saw them. There’s one piece I’ve been doing for decades that just jumped to a new level with the introduction of these cards.

Even if you don’t have an application in mind, the DVD contains 40 effects and 16 complete routines with various combinations of the cards. Many are classics that you may already know, but with interesting presentations. Others are uniquely created for the deck. In addition, all of the material, including bonus content, can be found online.

I won’t go into great detail, but for those of you with creative minds, here’s a quick breakdown of the cards included:
  • 26 generic avatars
  • 4 female avatars
  • 3 blank faced cards
  • 1 double-backed card
  • 21 special cards with various pictures and symbols for specific routines

If you’ve been looking for some way to integrate the ubiquitous presence of Social Networking in our lives, I believe this product is the best place to get started.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for The Social Deck (DVD and Gimmick)

Author: Soma
Publisher: Soma Show
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $49.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

"Wow. Gaff deck meets Facebook. I love this!"
- Joshua Jay

?Soma, the ultra-creative stage magician, has given us an ultra-creative tool for close-up performance. This deck defines NOW."
- David Regal

"There is truly no filler on the DVD: every routine is practical, and tested. The tricks are even arranged in sets so there is no need of setting up between the tricks. I love the concept! This is going straight into my show."
- David Stone

Card magic meets Facebook. Take you card magic to the 21st century! Social Deck is a custom made deck that contains artwork inspired by various social media sites.

Finally card magic that makes sense. Aces finding Jacks? Number and picture cards changing places? Who cares? Here you have plots about friend requests, relationships and much-much more. These tricks feel personal and they are immediately interesting to anyone who uses social networks. And if you think about it, that is practically everyone.

You can use almost any of your favorite card routines with this deck from ambitious card to oil and water. And you will see how much better reactions you will receive even from someone who does not like card tricks at all.
FISM Grand Prix winner Soma truly understands what captures the attention of today's audiences. He has perfected The Social Deck over hundreds of performances it has been part of his close-up working repertoire for years.
No extraordinary skill required. If you can do a double lift you can do this.
The DVD includes 19 different routines explained in detail, a lot of bonus cards are included, bonus online content, and this is only the beginning. With a little bit of creativity you can create you own routines with the Social Deck in no time.

It's time to give meaning to your card magic!

Great artwork, handles like your Bicycle deck: cards printed by the USPCC.

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